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A cough will usually clear up on its own within 3 to 4 weeks.

How you can treat a cough yourself

There’s usually no need to see a GP.
You should:

You could also try:

There’s limited evidence to show these work.
How to make a hot lemon and honey drink
Hot lemon with honey has a similar effect to cough medicines.

You can ask a pharmacist about:

These will not stop your cough, but will help you cough less.
Decongestants and cough medicines containing codeine will not stop your cough.

What happens at your appointment

To find out what’s causing your cough, your GP might:

What causes coughs

Most coughs are caused by a cold or flu.
Other causes include:

A cough is very rarely a sign of something serious like lung cancer.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Monkeypox Update

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Monkeypox Briefing Note

Dear Patients

 Please be mindful that we are short staffed due to self isolation of some of our staff members.

We will continue to provide the best care and service under these difficult circumstances.

You can also book your appointments/view test results through Patient Online access.

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We appreciate your patience during this time.

Thank you for your understanding.


Covid 19 continues to be on the rise and we are also seeing an increase in coughs and cold in both children & adults.

Please look at this useful website for parents, created by GP’s and Paediatricians with guidance (also in other languages) in managing many childhood illnesses including coughs and colds

Face masks still need to be worn when attending the surgery


I’ve done a lateral flow test at home Doctor, it isn’t Covid

This is not an accurate test if you have symptoms. A PCR test is the only conclusive way of knowing and should be requested at the first sign of symptoms. Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (

But I’ve just got a cold Doctor, it’s not Covid

As winter approaches we are seeing an increase in coughs and colds in both children and adults. Neither you or your doctor can tell if you simply have a cough or a cold or if you have contracted the Covid 19 Virus. Please do a PCR test.

But I’ve been vaccinated Doctor, it’s not Covid

The Covid Vaccination is really important and has been shown to reduce the severity of your illness, minimise complications and prevent hospital admission. However you can still get Covid even if you have been vaccinated.

But I’ve already had Covid Doctor, it cant be Covid

You can still get Covid again even if you have had it before. Your symptoms may not be the same.

But Ive only got a bit of a sore throat, runny nose or a bit of diarrhoea – it isn’t Covid Doctor? 

You may be right. However Covid 19 can present with any of the following symptoms, even if mild

Cough, temperature (feeling hot/shiver/rigors), loss of taste/smell

Abdominal pain/diarrhoea/vomiting/runny or blocked nose/sore throat or generally feeling non specifically unwell

Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (

Your result is usually back within 24-48 hours.

Please note the GP will have access to your PCR result (usually within a few hours of you receiving it). This is usually texted or emailed to you. It will state you are either negative or positive.

If I have potential Covid Symptoms or a positive test does this mean my GP won’t see me? 

Not at all. Your GP will still consult with you by telephone or video call if you are feeling unwell and require a consultation.

The result or pending result will help doctors decide where to see you.

If we need to see you at the surgery, this must be done under strict clinician instructions so that others are kept safe from contracted the virus.

Please Help us Help You 

Concerned about your information being shared? 

What you need to know.

Patient data from GP medical records kept by GP practices in England is used respectfully, securely and safely every day to improve health, care and services through planning and research, helping to find better treatments and improve patient care.  Data collected by the NHS is only used for health and care purposes. It is never shared with marketing or insurance companies.

The NHS is planning to introduce an improved way for GP practices to share information about patients- called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.  News of these plans has caused some concern to some of our patients, who have decided that they don’t want their data to be involved.

We have now been informed that no data will be shared in this new way until 1 September this year.  This delay is to enable the national organisation NHS digital to clearly explain their plans to the public and health professionals, as well as to thoroughly investigate any concerns that have been raised.

If you have already been in touch with the practice to ask to be ‘opted out’ of your identifiable information being shared outside of our practice for any purpose, your request will be honoured.  This will not affect your own care. However, nobody’s data will be shared in this new way before 1 September.  If you would like to find out more about why the NHS collects and uses data, please go to this website.

We are here for you when you need us – how to access services

If you need the help of a GP, practice nurse or other health professional that works in our surgery, we are here for you.

GP practices are busier than they have ever been and we want you to know how to get the help you need from us.

As you will know, we have been open throughout the pandemic, offering you telephone and online appointments, with face to face consultations available for those who need them. We have continued to help many thousands of patients each week, alongside planning and delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

There are some things that patients can do to help make sure we can see everyone who needs us, as quickly as possible. Please continue to contact us by phone or online as this helps us to manage people entering our practice building; it is much better if you don’t come to the practice unless you have an appointment. We need to keep social distancing in our practice building to keep everyone safe, we also ask that you always wear a mask while in the surgery. Please remember that appointments are a set amount of time so it is only safe to discuss one or two health issues. If you have more to discuss please mention this when you speak to reception staff.

Our busiest times of the day on the phones are between 8am and 10am so if you can, we would suggest that you call outside of this time.

During the pandemic the use of our online system “ Online Consult” increased. It is a great way to get clinical advice for your condition, however, it is worth remembering that each consultation takes a significant of time to review and there are lots of other ways to get advice. Also you will not get an instant response to these so if it is urgent please call the practice or contact 111.

On our website we have links to key NHS information and advice. Please also go to which is a as a source of trusted health advice about your or your child’s condition. Your local pharmacist is also there for you as an expert in medicines. They can offer advice for certain ailments. They will also know when you need to contact a GP or another more urgent service. Many pharmacies are open in the evening and at weekends, you can find them on the CCG website:

Remember if the situation is urgent you can contact NHS 111 by visiting or by calling 111. They can also support with a mental health crisis if you select option 2.

You don’t need to see a GP to refer yourself for some mental health services. Find out more at If you are worried about your mental health and any harm you may cause yourself please contact your practice.

Remember to always dial 999 straight away when it is a real emergency, for example if you think someone is having a heart attack or a stroke.

Please continue to use general practice when you need to, we are open and there for you.

Thank you for your support.


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